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3:00 PM ET, March 15, 2016


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Eliza Collins / Politico:
Clinton: 'We didn't lose a single person' in Libya  —  Hillary Clinton on Monday defended the intervention in Libya that she championed as secretary of state, telling MSNBC's Chris Matthews that the United States “didn't lose a single person.”  —  “Libya was a different kind of calculation.
Discussion: MSNBC, Yahoo Politics, RedState and Hot Air
Fox News:
Clinton commits Benghazi gaffe, saying US 'didn't lose a single person' in Libya  —  Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton committed her second gaffe in as many days on the campaign trail Monday night, claiming that the U.S. “didn't lose a single person” in Libya during her time as secretary of state.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Clinton: 'We didn't lose a single person' in Libya
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Gaffe Track: Clinton's Benghazi Amnesia
Shoshana Weissmann / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: 'We Didn't Lose a Single Person' in Libya
New York Times:
Measuring Donald Trump's Mammoth Advantage in Free Media  —  Of all the ways Donald Trump has shocked the political system, one of the most significant is how he wins primary after primary with one of the smallest campaign budgets.  —  He still doesn't have a super PAC.
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Caught on a hot mic, Clinton speculates about Chris Christie's support for Trump  —  What's at stake in the Ohio GOP primary? … Catch up on the 2016 race  —  CHARLOTTE— It isn't often that Hillary Clinton lets her guard down about what she really thinks about the Republican presidential race.
Military Times survey: Troops back Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders for president  —  In an exclusive survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged as active-duty service members' top choices to become the next commander in chief.
Discussion: WHNT-TV
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A King in His Castle: How Donald Trump Lives, From His Longtime Butler  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — Everything seemed to sparkle at the Mar-a-Lago estate here on a recent afternoon.  The sun glinted off the pool and the black Secret Service S.U.V.s in the circular driveway.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump's taste for well-done steaks is disqualifying
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Trump breaks 50% in national support for the first time  —  Showing little sign of a “ceiling”, Donald Trump has only grown in support with the exit of Ben Carson and Marco Rubio's collapse … In the last two weeks, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has won more delegates in primaries and caucuses …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Donald Trump just hit a critical threshold for the GOP nomination — one that his opponents might not
Discussion: Infowars and Politico
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Trump wins 9 delegates in Northern Mariana Islands
New York Times:
What We're Watching as 5 States Hold Crucial Primaries  —  Voters in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio cast crucial ballots in the race for the presidency on Tuesday.  Here are some of the things we will be watching.  —  The end or the beginning?
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Trump campaign manager's behavior prompted staff concerns  —  Donald Trump's staff and advisers have expressed concerns about campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's quick temper and heavy-handed leadership, and some even planned a coup against him last month, sources involved in the discussions told POLITICO.
John Harwood / New York Times:
A Situation in Which Donald Trump Wins the White House  —  The specter of further violence at Donald J. Trump's campaign events has amplified warnings from his Republican opponents: If nominated, the bombastic billionaire simply couldn't win the presidency.  —  “A disaster” for Republicans …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Allies Say Obama's Court Pick Is Near, and Will Be Hard for Republicans to Ignore
Discussion: Hit & Run
Josh Israel / ThinkProgressPage Array:
Ben Carson: I Didn't Want To Endorse Trump, But He Promised Me A Position  —  Dr. Ben Carson, who endorsed Donald Trump's presidential candidacy on Friday, appears less than enthusiastic about that decision.  And the real reason the unsuccessful GOP presidential hopeful endorsed his former rival could be a violation of federal law.
Bill Hoffmann / Newsmax:
Ben Carson to Newsmax: I'm Promised a Spot in Trump Administration
Do giant gas bubbles explain the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?  —  Age: 52 years.  —  Appearance: Then all of a sudden ... disappearance!  —  Location: Between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda (approx).  —  What is it?  Well, according to Vincent Gaddis, who first coined the phrase …
Discussion: WNEP-TV, Daily Mail and LewRockwell
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Tech mogul accused of keeping ex-stripper as sex slave for 13 years  —  A Silicon Valley venture capitalist has been sued for $40 million by a woman who claims he used her as a virtual sex slave for 13 years.  —  Michael Goguen, who had worked for a firm that funded Google and Paypal …
David French / National Review:
Working-Class Whites Have Moral Responsibilities — In Defense of Kevin Williamson  —  This weekend, my colleague Kevin Williamson kicked up quite the hornet's nest with his magazine piece (subscription required) that strikes directly at the idea that the white working-class (the heart of Trump's support) is a victim class.
Bill / The Hill:
Press: Who is to blame?  Donald Trump  —  It's as old as the proverbs.  Hosea 8:7: “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”  It's a lesson you'd think Donald Trump  —  would have learned a long time ago, since he says the Bible is his second-favorite book.  Obviously not.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Ryan will back Trump if he's GOP nominee  —  (R-Wis.) reiterated Tuesday that he would support Donald Trump  —  if he wins the GOP nomination, even as the Speaker called on the party's front-runner to tone down his rhetoric amid a spate of violence at recent campaign rallies.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Robin Harding / CNBC:
Donald Trump's rise sparks alarm in Japan  —  The favorite for the Republican nomination has been attacking the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  —  As polls open for US primaries in Ohio and Florida, the political elite in Tokyo is starting to confront a disconcerting idea …
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
David Siders / Sacramento Bee:
Jerry Brown: If Trump wins, California might need a wall of its own  —  California governor jokes about protecting state from rest of the U.S.  —  Brown also takes aim at Rick Perry, calling him ‘forgotten’  —  Brown, a fourth-term Democrat, has signed liberal immigration-related measures
Jasmine Norwood / WTVR-TV:
Baby's body found wedged under driver's seat  —  RICHMOND, Va. — The mother of the Richmond infant found dead in a RV last fall was denied bond during a court hearing Tuesday.  —  Sabrina Malick, 29, was arrested and charged with second degree murder and felony child neglect in connection with her son Brendon Newton's death.
Discussion: New York's PIX11, KFOR-TV and KTLA
Mark Hinson / Tallahassee Democrat:
Teacher, TV star Rod Durham dies  —  Influential Leon High School drama teacher, theater director and “Extreme Weight Loss” star Rod Durham has died.  He was 52.  —  “He was someone they (the students) could go talk to when they needed to,” Leon High School principal Billy Epting said on Monday morning.
Discussion: WGN-TV, KFOR-TV and AOL
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Top liberal leaders call for ‘massive’ anti-Trump campaign  —  CHICAGO — Leaders of more than 20 leading liberal groups supporting both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are set to release a scathing letter on Tuesday that serves as a progressive call to arms against Donald Trump …
Deanna Boyd / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Video appears to show police officer pepper-spraying motorcyclists  —  Officer has been placed on administrative duties Bikers accuse officer of trying to cause wreck Police had received calls about cyclists driving recklessly  —  FORT WORTH  —  An officer has been pulled from patrol …
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer On SCOTUS Nom: 'I'll Consider' But ‘Decision Has Already Been Made’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Mother of Michael Brown, the teen killed by police in Ferguson, endorses Clinton on Missouri's primary day
Discussion: Mashable
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgressPage Array:
Trump's Pastor Friends Have One Thing In Common: They're All Rich
Brussels manhunt after gunfire in raid ‘on Paris suspects’
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg Business:
Soros, Alarmed by Trump, Pours Money into 2016 Race
 Earlier Items: 
Richard A. Epstein / Hoover Institution:
The Rise of American Protectionism
Discussion: National Review
Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
Samantha Bee tears into Ted Cruz: He's so hated not even God can stand talking to him
Eun Kyung Kim /
Donald Trump: GOP leaders are ‘already calling’ me
Discussion: NPR, TPNN and Hot Air
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
Sanders says he ran as a Democrat for ‘media coverage’